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St Paul's Catholic Primary School

Alive in Jesus



Mini Vinnies

The Mini Vinnies have been meeting since September 2021 every Monday after school from 3:30-4:30. The first few weeks we considered the needs of the world. Since then we have picked a need to focus on each term. 

Summer Term 2022

The children decided to focus on raising money for Mary's Meals. Firstly they looked into Mary's Meals and what they do. We found out that they give the children in different countries around the world a meal at school. This ensures that the children have a meal and that they go to school. 
The children decided that they were going to plan a Mary's Meal retreat day. We decided that the 29th June would be prefect as our feast day too. The children planned every part of the whole day. 
The children could wear  white and blue and could donate £1. They started with a assembly that they wrote and led in front of the school to tell the school about Mary's Meals. The child had some activities where they were learning about SS Peter and Paul. During the afternoon each year group came outside to play games led by the Mini Vinnies. 

Spring Term 2022

The second focus that we decided on was to support refugees. This is because we had been affected by the situation in Ukraine. 

Firstly we considered what we knew about refugees and also any questions that we had. 
Then we thought about different fund raising activities throughout Lent. 
We researched about different refugee charities and decided to focus on "Stories of hope and home."
We organised the following fund raising activities. 
Own clothes day 
Crazy hair day
Wearing red clothes day 
Tip top sale after school
The children did so well with all of the activities. 

Then we had to count the money to see how much we had raised. 

Autumn Term 2021

The children decided that they would like to focus on helping the homeless. 

Jesus said " I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did to me." Matthew 25:40


Firstly the children considered what people who are homeless needed. We thought that during the colder months it would be good to consider helping them with warmer clothes such as hats, scarves and gloves. 
Next we thought about how we could help them. In groups the children presented their ideas. We voted on the idea and decided to ask each class to donate a different item of clothing in. 
Then we made posters for each class and presented to each class what we wanted them to do. 
When the donations started coming in we sorted them into packs and made cards to put into the packs. 
On the 1st December Miss Foster and Mrs Sharpling went into Birmingham City Centre to hand out the packs to people. 
Finally we told the Mini Vinnies about who we met. We made a powerpoint (below) for each class to see. 

Pupil voice -
Anna "I am happy that we helped the homeless."
Riley "I enjoyed making the difference."
Miss Foster "The people that we spoke to in Birmingham were very happy with what we gave them. They loved the cards made by the children."